tail does not exit

James Harrison jamesh at lanl.gov
Wed Dec 19 15:55:57 PST 2007

On Wed, 2007-12-19 at 18:22 -0500, Mikhail T. wrote:
>         #!/bin/sh
>         if tail -f /var/log/messages | awk '{print "Exiting"; exit 0}'
>         then
>                 echo Exited
>         else
>                 echo Failed
>         fi
>         exit 0 

I assume it has something to do with tail -f being used, rather than
tail. Is there a reason you want the -f flag?

tail -f holds on for dear life until a ctrl-c happens. IT HAS A DEATH


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